The Tsavo West National Park in Kenya has been experiencing a severe drought since June 2018. For the animals in Kenya, a drought just doesn’t mean dry weather and warm temperatures…it means death.
Thankfully, a man by the name of Patrick Kilonzo Mwalua has been keeping the animals alive by doing something incredible: every day, he personally delivers thousands of gallons of clean water for them to drink.
The pea farmer visited the Tsavo and noticed that the watering holes were dry and the animals were desperate.
There was no water anywhere — if the animals were going to survive, humans would have to step in.
So Patrick took it upon himself to help. He would drive for miles every single day in order to deliver 3,000 gallons of water to the animals in need.
As soon as the wild animals heard his truck approaching and smelled the fresh water, they rushed forward to greet him. They knew that he was delivering life-saving water and they couldn’t be more grateful.
Sometimes, the animals would even develop a sense of trust and get close to Patrick during his deliveries. He claimed that one night, over 500 water buffalo were waiting for him at the watering hole.
He was still standing there dispensing water when they began to approach him, excited for a fresh drink. It seems some of the animals knew he was saving their lives.
To prevent the water from seeping into the earth, Patrick has also coordinated efforts to build gravel-lined water holes. The gravel would prevent the loss of life-saving water and would give animals in the savannah more opportunities to drink.
The improved holes weren’t the only addition to his mission, though; the water deliveries began with just one truck, but he eventually grew to have a small fleet of trucks. Those trucks then spread across the African savannah, delivering water to even more locations.
What Patrick Mwalua has been doing hasn’t gone unnoticed, either. Three women from the United States teamed up with him to help grow his mission. Angie Brown, Cher Callaway, and Tami Calliope were so impressed by his heroism, they were happy to join his efforts.
“His commitment to the wildlife and his heritage is unmeasurable,” Callaway said via The Epoch Times. “Even risking his own life in the middle of the night to deliver water to a dry water hole.”
But his acts of kindness didn’t stop there; Mwalua also runs a conservation project called Tsavo Volunteers. He visits schools and educates children on the importance of wildlife and conservation, spreading his passion for protecting animals across the country.
“I was born around here and grew up with wildlife and got a lot of passion about wildlife,” he said. “I decided to bring awareness to this so when they grow up they can protect their wildlife.”
If more people in the world were like Patrick Mwaula, there would be fewer animals in distress across the globe. His efforts to save these creatures truly makes him a hero!